The restaurant made of straw

11 05 2012

Yes, seriously!!  In the sterile concrete and glass jungle (which is Perth city) a green building has emerged housing a fantastic bar and cafe inside its insulated straw walls. The exterior is clad in potted plants and I just had to go check it out.

The Greenhouse – Perth city

Designed by Joost Bakker and aptly named “The Greenhouse it is a small establishment on St George’s Terrace, in the heart of Perth’s CBD. I was impressed to see so many bikes and scooters out the front but quickly decided it was all very gimmicky and just another marketing ploy. That’s what happens when you work in an office with no window – cynicism wafts through the air-conditioning.

It turns out I was mistaken and it has some great features including worm farms for organic waste, a rooftop garden for herbs and veges (with run-off watering the exterior walls), furniture made from old road signs and wooden palettes. The exterior is clad with corrugated iron and mesh which houses a vertical garden of 4000 terracotta pots filled with ivy and strawberry plants.

Ivy and strawberry plants clad the outside

I had to concede that it was a great place to be and a sustainable building really does bring life as well as yuppies!  Our city (and cubicle office life) is such a harsh place that I have to admit The Greenhouse does offer a little oasis and touchpoint back to the natural world during my lunchtime walk.

Oh, and the coffee is great too.

Wow, fancy me mentioning the coffee second. It must be a good place… LOL.


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